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Lithuanian and Latvian graphic art exhibition "The Past’s Future"

Date: 13 April 2017 00:00 - 14 May 2017 00:00


A. Žmuidzinavičius Creations and Collections museum, V. Putvinskio St. 64, Kaunas


The dotted lines of time and the counterpoints of memory in the exhibition of Lithuanian and Latvian graphic art  "The Past’s Future".

The Lithuanian and Latvian graphic exhibition unfolds the reflections of multiple temporalities: the intersections of history and present, memory and actuality, reality and illusion. Graphic works express the dialectics of time, which in its own way unlocks similar experiences, factual realities, returnings to the past, seeings and visions.

On the whole, engraving is characterized by the duality that links multiple dimensions of time and space. The graphic reflection of time, continuity, memory and fate leads to the periphery of creation and life, aesthetics and existence, provoking to search for sharper scratchings of the reality and for life engravings.

If we look on the past as a continuous spiral we need to look back at processes and happenings in retrospective to get closer to present day meaning and possible future scenarios. In a time full of uncertainty that we witness today in geopolitical landscape it is important to look at our common history to remember the forms of oppression and the forms of overcoming its effects. The prints of past weather they are made by the hands of professional artist or ordinary life observer as a neighbour in retirement age are the starting point to rethink and rewrite joint attitude towards them with a value that comes with the time qualities.

The circles of cyclical history have a tendency to repeat its circumstances of events and also the way we perceive it. It can’t be a banality to look on history of Latvia and Lithuania as similar paths as there is an urge to seek a positive jet a critical look back at the past.

Odeta Žukauskienė, Antra Priede-Krievkalne, Guntars Sietiņš, Rolandas Rimkūnas, Evaldas Mikalauskis

Jurgita Rimkutė-Vainiuvienė

Graphic art creators
Matas Dūda, Kristina Gedminaitė-Ingram, Vladislavs Grišins, Rimvydas Kepežinskas, Tatjana Krivenkova, Evaldas Mikalauskis, Juris Petraškevičs, Rolandas Rimkūnas, Guntars Sietiņš, 
Dārta Stafecka, Nele Zirnīte

Creative and documentary material
Animated film by Edmunds Jansons, drawings by Pranas Lapė, Sofija Romerienė, Aliutė Mečys, Jonas Rimkūnas, Ona Išoraitė, the materials of the Archives of Latvian Folklore and Redas Diržys

Vilnius Academy of Arts, Art Academy of Latvia, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

Thanks to the staff of the M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art: A. Vasiliauskienė, J. Rimkutė-Vainiuvienė,V. Kirvelienė, M. Gasiūnaitė, I. Dabašinskienė, V. Kilinskienė, J. Savickienė    

Sponsors and partners
The State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Art Academy of Latvia, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, the Archives of Latvian Folklore

Exhibition works: 13 04 2017–14 05 2017